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William Garske, Jr.

November 7, 1946 — July 17, 2023

William “Bill” Henry Garske, Jr. passed away in his home on Monday, July 17, 2023, at the age of 76.  Bill was born in Wausau on November 7th, 1946, to William Henry Garske and Geraldine (Ladwig) Garske.  He graduated from Wausau Senior High School in 1964.

In 1965, Bill started working at Wausau Homes.  He worked there for 44 years until his retirement in 2008.  When Bill wasn’t working, he enjoyed going to the cottage with his family, where he snowmobiled in the winter, fished, water skied, swam, drove his boat around the lake, and dreamed of living at the cottage on the lake when he retired.  After retiring from Wausau Homes, Bill made his dream a reality and moved to the cottage in Deerbrook and worked for 199 Ride, delivering cars from the auction houses to the dealership.  He eventually found his way back to Wausau where he spent the rest of his life.  Bill enjoyed watching racing, whether it was Nascar, local stock car racing, or Eves.  He loved riding his motorcycle and his trike.  He would often drive 60 miles to “get milk” and of course he had to stop for ice cream.  In his later years, Bill was often spotted roaming around Wausau on his mobility scooter.  He loved going to the events at the 400 Block.  He loved hosting family get-togethers.

Bill Garske is survived by his sister, Barb (Duane Hussong) Garske of Wausau; two sons, Will Garske of Tomahawk, Matt (Renee) Garske of Wausau; grandchildren, Alyssa (fiancé Josh Taft) Garske, Kian Garske, Ava Garske; great grandchildren, Hope and Sophie; former wife, Sheila Garske; and many cousins and friends.

Bill preceded in death by his parents; older brother, Chuck; and his favorite daughter, Leah.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at Helke Funeral Home in Wausau, with a visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.         

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Visitation

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce Street, Wausau, WI 54401

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

11:00 - 11:45 am (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce Street, Wausau, WI 54401

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

12:00 - 12:30 pm (Central time)

Pine Grove Cemetery - Wausau

1501 Grand Ave, Wausau, WI 54403

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